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Choose a topic that is of interest to you about an issue concerning a current social issue or modern technology and write an essay in which you take a position on that issue. Your main goal in this researched essay is to present your findings on the topic, present your position on the topic, and finally, show your audience why he or she should care about the topic. This assignment will require you to incorporate and cite within the text of your essay at least six sources (2 of which are scholarly articles). Some suggestions for topics might be the benefits created or problems caused by social media, the benefits created or problems caused by driverless vehicles, the benefits created or problems caused by the use of robots and other automation/technology in industry, police departments, or the military.
Quick List of Requirements:
*6+ sources, a minimum of 2 scholarly articles *MLA format, Times New Roman 12 point font
*Works Cited page
Your argument should contain all features listed here:
An explicit position
A response to what others have said or done
Appropriate background information
A clear indication of why the topic matters
Good reasons and evidence
Attention to more than one point of view
An authoritative tone
An appeal to readers’ values
A general outline would look like this:
Establish importance of issue
State position: Explicit thesis statement
Provide necessary background information
Reasons and evidence to support position
Acknowledge possible counterarguments and refute them
Elaborate on implications
Make clear what audience to do in response
Any essay that does not include In-Text Documentation and a Works Cited list will earn a grade of 0.
Any essay that contains a Works Cited list but lacks In-Text Documentation will not earn a grade higher than 50%.